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How to Format Basic Text in Word 2013

Word 2013 gives you lots of options for formatting your text. Word allows for very basic functions all the way up to advanced functions. You can change the format of your text in two ways:

Choose a text-formatting command first, and then type the text. All the text you type is formatted as chosen.

Type the text first, and then select the text as a block and apply the formatting. This technique works best when you’re busy with a thought and need to return to format the text later.

You use both methods as you compose text in your document. Sometimes, it’s easier to use a formatting command and type the text in that format. For example:

  1. Type this line: The cake was

    This is the beginning of the sentence. Next comes the formatted part.

  2. Press Ctrl+I to activate italic text.

    This will italicize the next thing you type.

  3. Type this word: really

    The word you typed after pressing Ctrl-I shows up in italics.

  4. Press Ctrl+I again, which turns off italic.

    Anything you type now will appear normal.

  5. Continue typing: salty.

    And salty. shows up with no italics. So, the final sentence looks like this:

    The cake was really salty.

For more complex formatting, type the text first, go back, mark the text as a block, and then apply the formatting: Type the sentence The cake was really salty, and then double-click the word really to select it. Press Ctrl+I.

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